Lost Ark has lastly arrived within the West, and everyone is considering playing it. I'm thrilled as a big MMO and ARPG fan who's done everything from brick expensive PoE items to upgrading every class in WoW for raids. If you are here, then either you are convinced, or you are thinking about it.
Several things come to mind whenever one of us decides to embark on a new game. At Mobalytics, our goal is to guide you through these decisions so that you can maximize your enjoyment of a game and play the way you want.
Apart from the fundamental questions of whether the game is worth playing or if it will be fun in the end, most of us have doubts.
Lost Ark is no different from other intricate eternity games; there is so much to master. No one wants to have to learn something new and be overwhelmed.
How long will it take to get to the end of the game? Am I going to skip something important? Am I going to make a permanent bad decision? Read on! Fortunately, that's what we're here for: to help you solve these recurring problems.
Before I help you figure out what to focus on and where to spend your time, let me start with a simple statement: Don't stress or worry! Whichever direction you choose to focus on, you will progress! Lost Ark is a beautiful game with something for everyone, and there's very little you can do to waste your time since most of the progress goes to your server account (Roster) and not your character.
That said, if you're the min-max type or just want to be a bit more efficient with your time and make sure you don't waste materials, here's a quick list of do's and don'ts before you reach 50 and complete the main quest!
#1 Use flat HP pots while leveling.
They will be your primary source of care and can be found everywhere.
You have to mow down little ones, so they drop them, seriously.
#2 Open maps and use them.
They are valid for the whole account. Once you get a few, feel free to play and equip them, but don't worry about how well you're doing.
It's easy to do, and it's not that big in terms of the -2-5% elemental resistance bonus.
#3 Plan around your Stronghold schedules.
Lost Ark is all about time efficiency! If you can queue up tasks that require a long period of development/reflection, consider doing it before you go to bed.
Likewise, if you plan to do a long gaming session, it is better to do shorter sessions.
#4 Open chests with currency rewards.
Most Lost Ark currencies are shared for your Roster, so open those chests. The only exception is that if you are unsure of your main character, do not open Shards of Harmony.
However, they are easily farmable, so don't worry if you open them.
#5 Try Hard Mode Dungeons
If you have experience in similar games/genres and want a little more spice in Lost Ark as you progress, consider increasing the difficulty. You will get extra loot and maybe have more fun.
#6 Experiment with different combinations of abilities and how you spend your tripod points
Don't worry about min/max just yet. Try out different combinations of abilities on your toolbar and the additional skill upgrades you can choose from in the Tripod throughout your journey.
This will help you discover the best playstyle for you (bonus points if you adjust between PvE and PVP builds).
#7 If you're short on time, spam Triports for travel
Money is straightforward to find, don't be stingy! Make good use of Alt + click on your map to switch between Tripods. The time you save will be worth it.
#8. Adjust your pets' effect buffs
Once you have a pet, did you know that you can change its two buffs any time?
Just go to an animal management NPC (with the dog icon on your map) to exchange them for free.
#9 Enjoy the Ride
The landscapes are magnificent, and there are many things to see. The fights are fun. Focus on the journey. The game's ending is easy to plug in, and no mistakes are final.
Explore and enjoy it all! Don't stress about leveling up too fast. Taking your time can make it all more enjoyable.
#10 Don't use % HP potions while leveling.
It's your primary source of healing in the late game, and it can be expensive and time-consuming to get more of.
All in all, this is probably the only wrong decision you can make while leveling - everything else is inconsequential... that and your Founder plat skin if you have it (choose it wisely - you don't have one !).
#11 Don't worry about picking a main.
The game gives you plenty of trading opportunities and even encourages other characters by giving you a free boost as soon as you complete the first character.
You can then get another boost for another character! Check out our character guide if you want more information on choosing your class.
#12 Don't worry about picking the wrong spec.
You can respect yourself anytime and anywhere, and most choices for a very long time on setup are entirely free.
#13 Don't care about being PVP or PVE.
PVP can start at age 26, and everyone is on equal footing with the same amount of skill points to distribute.
It does not affect the character you are building.
It also means that you can quickly (in ~2 hours) have a new PVP-ready character if you don't like yours for PVP.
#14 Don't worry about the 600 types of currency.
We'll detail them in a separate guide for those who want to learn more, but for others, acquire them by playing the main story.
There's not much to spend in the beginning anyway.
#15 Don't worry about missing side quests.
Feel free to drop the side quests if you don't like them, it's straightforward to come back and do them later, and the main quest will allow you to reach the maximum level without problem.
#16 Don't worry about Collectibles and the Report.
These are specific things to do later, even easier than when you started. Even though the rewards can be significant, they are tiny compared to other things in the game.
Likewise, feel free to ignore your seed-obsessed friend Mokoko who makes you dread you're missing something.
Their reward is not going to make you win or lose. Finding them is fun, so if that's your thing, go for it!
#17 Don't worry about Ability Stones and Engravings.
You'll probably get a tutorial on this subject and forget about it. This only comes into play when you begin the endgame by equipping your character.
I recommend leaving all engraving chests unopened, so you don't have to think about what you want.
These are an expansive Roster, so if they suck for your current class, they'll probably be good for your alt.
#18 Don't worry about opening chests.
They stack, and you can open them at the end of the game when you're ready to decide what you want.
If you have already opened or want to open them, don't worry too much about your decision – most things are easy to acquire.
If you're unsure which character to choose, try not to open chests containing Harmony Crystals.
#19 Don't worry about life skills (aka business skills) like mining, fishing, etc.
The game calls them Life Skills, and they're all about it. So I suppose you might be wrong if you think you have to go to old areas to farm.
You can level up an alt and pick some herbs, and your principal will level up too!
Don't worry about buying them early either - the required tutorial quests will get you what you need.
#20 Don't worry about getting new gear and ability stones before the game ends T1.
You'll level up your gear organically by doing quests and killing monsters. You can buy gear from vendors if you like it, but it will be replaced, and the game is pretty easy without it.
You can dismantle anything that isn't an upgrade without fear. This includes all falling stones. The ones you start with will be superior until the end of the game anyway.
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